The thrill when one decides to take a leap is inevitable. But it’s a matter of decision. Either one stays or goes, gets stuck or moves forward, stays still or expands, remains looking at the view or flies.
Everyday, a business owner faces questions. Square or round packaging, small or big cake sizes, right or left, yes or no. And in all these decision-making crossroads, uncertainty is an accessory. Rather, uncertainty is a principal part.
Running a business is not for the frail heart. It takes toughness, boldness. It takes firmness in making quick decisions. It takes courage to pick pieces back when decisions fail.
Thus, at the end of the day, one must act according to what makes him/her sleep peacefully. In our case, we decided to pursue wedding cake artistry despite all disappointments and failures last year.
Ladies and Gentlemen, join us as we take a BIG GULP and book our first wedding for 2020.
Note: Blocked wedding dates and Holidays Schedule is found HERE. Make sure to book your weddings earlier. Enjoy the preparation, our soon-to-be Butter Dreamer Brides!
Delaying is chronic illness.
“I’ll do it later after an hour.”
“Oh, it’s okay, I still have time.”
Then, one realizes it takes longer time to finish the job. So, one gracefully works around to finish everything in less than an hour. Grace under pressure, so to speak.
That’s one of the causes why a 1-layer cake collapses. A baker skipped cutting the cake stacks even to catch up with the delivery time. She left the bulging parts per stack and decided to fill the huge gaps in between stacks with lots of icing. The stacks eventually slid during transportation resulting for the cake to divide horizontally.
Racing against time is suicidal in itself. It pushes one to cut processes short, to skip things that seem unimportant.
Grace under pressure is good. However, grace under self-made pressure(due to procrastination) is not.
..because it taught me humility. It taught me resourcefulness. It taught me being genuine. It taught me resilience. It taught me going the extra the mile. It taught me to move forward. It gave me courage to accept that failures are part of every journey and that I shouldn’t be afraid of them. And that’s what professionals do, they feed on adversities.
Sometime in 2016, we were on our way to deliver our 2nd 3-stack 1-layer floral cake. Few meters from the customer’s place, the stacks started to slide. We realized the cake was divided in half horizontally plus the bottom stack also cracked. It was not a minor division(and crack) that we can easily correct with a single spatula BUT it was a major “non-overhaul-able” kind of horizontal division that we can’t get the pieces back to its place unless we bake another stack to replace it.
Imagine that, being 10 minutes before the customer uses the cake to surprise a big boss at work. We reached the customer’s office parking lot and the customer was excitedly smiling waving at us over the car.
I could cry over a collapsed cake but crying was not an option that time. Instead, I went out of the car without the cake and approached her politely telling “I made a mistake, I’m so sorry. The cake collapsed.” Then, I brought her to the car to see how the cake looked like. The top was beautiful, but the bottom half was a total cakewreck. I saw her smile turned sour but genuinely concerned.
When I realized that she was more concerned with our effort instead of our mistake, I spontaneously said, “Don’t worry, I’ll take your money right now, drive to the nearest cake shop, and buy you another cake.”
Her face lit up, “Sure?”
Within 8 minutes, we had 2 cakes delivered for the price of 1.
Did that customer have repeat orders? She surely had, even with more than 1 referrals.
I started Butter Dream not because I loved baking, but because I loved the idea of becoming a home-based business owner. When I offered cupcakes to my friends some time 2016, the taste was bland, icing was too sweet, icing was melting, floral designs were not sharp etc. Think of a sloppy cupcake, that was how everything it was. EXCEPT I placed them inside presentable boxes and created handwritten notes to our customer-friends. I guess that made everything looked good. BUT ever since the start, I acknowledged, “I’m not really a natural baker.”
All the more so when the husband started baking our cakes, all our taste feedbacks started becoming good, then better, then great. Then, I never baked any of your orders right after he took over our kitchen operations mid-2017. Yes, I haven’t really baked any of our cakes and cupcakes for almost 2 years now because I said to myself, “I’m not really a natural baker.”
Last week, I committed to break that mindset, enrolled in my own baking university to whip fairly easy recipes every week, and made my first Cheesecake Brownies. I committed to give myself another chance and to re-make what I think about myself: “I’m not really a natural baker, BUT I AM DETERMINED TO LEARN.”
Today, I ask for you to pause, recheck your mindset(and heart condition), and fill in the blank: “I’m not really a natural ______________ , BUT I AM DETERMINED TO LEARN.”
Now, that’s what you call an attitude.
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It takes time.
It takes research.
It takes failures.
It takes trials, and errors.
It takes rising up again.
But it will be worth it.
If you still have not find that business idea, keep looking.
Keep your options wide. Keep your mind open.
If you’re still not yet satisfied what recipe to market, keep searching, keep whipping.
I finally zipped up a commitment for 2019: No Soda.
I never really liked soda until I was on my first trimester pregnancy with our first born early last year. Since then, I’d never turned down every chance to drink some despite the personal conviction that I had to withdraw from it, as I’m starting to crave for it more than once a week.
Day 1 ended with more struggles than I prepared for. We were at the beach with our family-in-law. Weather was really hot and the 1-Liter soft drinks were everywhere. I looked away, I stayed away.
Temptations always appear easy, beautiful, good and convenient – literally and figuratively. Plus, they also know how to make the right one seem like the wrong one. Now soft drinks, excuse me as I drink my 8 glasses of water.
That business, maybe. Or, that family travel. Or, that relationship. The idea of realizing something is only a gush of wind when one doesn’t pin it down.
Remember how Butter Dream sprouted from a single floral cupcake idea?
Yes, because everything has to start somewhere. It could be in your head, it could be in the silence of your room, or in an empty notebook. It could be one single cactus plant as a start of a garden. It could be a 1-page business plan for a home-based gig. It could be a single hello for a lifelong friend. It could be browsing plane flights for a dream travel.
Regardless what it is, it has to start somewhere.